European Champion Matt Hudson-Smith aiming to shine in front of London Stadium crowd
A host of European, African, Commonwealth and Asian medallists have been confirmed as part of a strong 400m line-up at this year’s Müller Anniversary Games.
Heading up the field is European champion Matt Hudson-Smith (coach: Lance Brauman coach: Birchfield Harriers), with the reigning British and European champion aiming to start his 2019 season brightly strongly at the London Stadium.
Seen as a genuine threat to the long-standing British 400m record of 44.36, set by Iwan Thomas back in 1997, Hudson-Smith’s outing in London will be his first race of 2019 and comes on the back of a superb 2018 in which he won European gold individually and played a pivotal role in the 4x400m squad claiming silver at the same championships.
Though only 24-years-old, Hudson-Smith has now amassed seven international medals on the World, European and Commonwealth stages, with those medal wins coming alongside the feat of making the Olympic final at his debut Games in 2016.
“I’m so excited to get back to the UK and compete at the Müller Anniversary Games. Competing in the UK and in front of fans who recognise you and give you a crazy reception when your name is called out is always such a buzz.
“I’ve been waiting patiently to get out there and compete on the big stage again; now the time has come, the ambition in London is to run strongly and try and put on a show for the amazing British fans.”
Joining Hudson-Smith over 400m will be 2018’s African champion and Commonwealth silver medallist Baboloki Thebe (BOT), London 2017 finalist Demish Gaye (JAM) as well as his Jamaican teammate Akeem Bloomfield (JAM).
While each of the aforementioned competitors are 400m specialists, the inclusion of Abderrahman Samba (QAT) comes with particular interest given the 400m is not his first-choice event. A 400m hurdles specialist who is the second-quickest man in history in the event following a scorching 46.98 run last year in Paris, Samba is also no stranger to a quick 400m time, with his personal best of 44.60 set this year ranking him 9th in the world in 2019.
The Müller Anniversary Games takes place just ten weeks before the IAAF World Championships in Doha.
The two-day Diamond League event has seen history made on numerous occasions in recent years, with some memorable performances from British names such as Sir Mo Farah, Laura Muir and Dina Asher-Smith, while para athletics stars Kare Adenegan and Sophie Hahn both broke world records at the 2018 edition of the event.
Tickets for the Müller Anniversary Games are on sale at www.theticketfactory.com/british-athletics